Protect and Defend

Protect and Defend

A Novel

Book - 2000
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On a cold day in January President Kerry Kilcannon takes the oath of office-- and within days makes his first, most important move: appointing a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Kilcannon's choice is a female judge with a brilliant record. And a secret.
While the Senate spars over Caroline Masters' nomination, an inflammatory abortion rights case is making its way toward the judge--and will explode into the headlines. Suddenly, the most divisive issue in America turns the President's nomination into all-out war. And from Judge Masters to a conservative, war-hero senator facing a crisis of conscience and a fifteen-year-old girl battling for her future, no one will be safe. Protect and Defend takes us on a riveting journey between what is legal, what is right . . . and the price of finally knowing the difference.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2000.
ISBN: 9780345448811
Characteristics: 549 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 11, 2017

If you are following today's politics, Patterson's Protect and Defend is worth the read. Patterson wrote the book in 2000. There is a new president and an opening on the Supreme Court. Sound familiar? President Kilcannon wants a Supreme Court chief judge who is proven to be smart and sensitive to the issues of the day. He's found one in Caroline Masters. He has to battle the conservative far right, and politicians who aren't afraid of attacking the personal lives of anyone who gets in the way.

I found the book very informative. Patterson thoroughly details the arguments of pro-life and pro-choice advocates. They have not really changed in the last seventeen years. He also thoroughly discusses the problems that come with millions of dollars being donated to politicians from special interest groups.

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